Friday, March 3, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
The mind is a baby giant who, more provident in the cradle than he knows, has hurled his paths in life all round ahead of him, like playthings….
— Robert Frost
Sometimes we are bewildered by the options open to us. We feel we have no way of knowing which course would be best. But when we reflect calmly on our choices, we usually find very few that are realistic, that are in tune with our personalities and consonant with the rest of our lives.
It sometimes seems that a choice made, or an option dropped, when we are very young, can determine our whole lives. This is probably an illusion. Perhaps we believe that our fate was forever altered by missing a train ten years ago. Late at night, we might talk wistfully of what might have been, “If only I’d caught that train…”
Most likely, though, our lives would have turned out pretty much the same. What happens to us, and what we choose, seem to follow the same pattern – a pattern that is true for each one of us. We’ve marked out our paths, whether we’re fully aware of them or not.
Sometimes I am indecisive because I desire to remain open to life’s choices. Today I will act freely and strengthen that freedom by making responsible decisions.
You are reading from the book:
The Promise of a New Day by Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg. © 1983, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation